Football to Play Host to Cal Saturday Afternoon at Sun Devil Stadium
Nov. 4, 2002
TEMPE, Ariz. -
Looking to rebound from last week's 44-22 loss at No. 8/9 Washington State, their first Pac-10 loss of the season, the No. 25/24 Arizona State Sun Devils (7-3, 4-1 Pac-10) return to Tempe for their final home game of the season, playing host to the California Golden Bears (5-4, 2-3) Saturday afternooon at Sun Devil Stadium. It will be Senior Day for the 19 Sun Devil seniors who will be playing in the final home game of their ASU careers vs. Cal. The Sun Devils are currently tied for second in the league with next week's opponent, No. 10/9 USC, with a 4-1 league record, and will be looking to extend a three-game Pac-10 home winning streak that has included victories over Stanford, Oregon State and Washington. Winners of seven of its last nine games, Arizona State has its most wins since the 1997 Sun Bowl-bound Sun Devils tallied a 9-3 record on the year. With their 7-3 overall record, the Sun Devils are bowl eligible for the fifth time in seven years. California heads to Tempe following a bye week, bringing a 5-4 overall record and a 2-3 conference mark, most recently falling 24-13 at Oregon State on Oct. 26.
In the SeriesArizona State holds a 13-9 advantage in the series with California and a 9-4 edge at Sun Devil Stadium, including a 30-10 victory in Tempe on Oct. 7, 2000. Last year, ASU did not play Cal. The Sun Devils have won five of the last six contests and are riding a five-game home winning streak over the Golden Bears. ASU has not lost to Cal at home since Oct. 13, 1990 when the Golden Bears bested the Sun Devils by a touchdown, 31-24, at Sun Devil Stadium. The all-time series for the Sun Devils has been characterized by big wins and narrow losses with ASU winning its 13 games by an average of 23.8 points per game and its nine losses coming by just 8.1 points per game.
In the RankingsArizona State is ranked 25th in this week's Associated Press poll and 24th in this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches poll. ASU first broke into the national rankings on Oct. 20 at 23rd and 25th, marking the first time since the 1999 season that ASU had been ranked. In 1999, the Sun Devils were ranked 25th in the first poll of the year and climbed to 22nd the following week before falling out of the polls the following week. Last week, the team had climbed as high as 16th and 17th before its loss at No. 8/9 Washington State last week, which was ASU's highest ranking since the 1997 Sun Bowl squad was ranked 14th in each of the final national polls.
What Time is It Anyway?The state of Arizona never changes its clocks remaining on Mountain Standard Time all year. From April to the end of October, Arizona State is basically on Pacific Daylight Time, while when the rest of the country changes its clocks on October 28, Arizona State remains the same, matching up again with Mountain Standard Time. Therefore, this weekend's game with Cal will kick off at 4:30 p.m. MST and 3:30 p.m. PST.
Team CaptainsHead coach Dirk Koetter will select single-game captains each week. Koetter's selections for the California game are sophomore safety Riccardo Stewart, sophomore quarterback Andrew Walter and junior defensive end Terrell Suggs.
Senior DaySaturday afternooon is Senior Day for the Sun Devils as 19 seniors will be playing in the final home game of their Sun Devil careers. ASU's seniors include LB Josh Amobi, PK Mike Barth, LB Solomon Bates, DT James Beal, P Brian Biang, SN Jay Breckenridge, TE Matt Cooper, CB O.J. Hackett, DT Dustin Hollins, DT Phil Howard, DT Khoa Nguyen, K Greg Pieratt, TE Mike Pinkard, WR Justin Taplin, CB Adrian Thomas, FB Darrel Turner, LB Mason Unck, S Alfred Williams and S Patrick Wilson.
ExposureFox Sports Net will televise this week's game with Cal to a national audience with Steve Physioc, Tom Ramsey and Lewis Johnson (sidelines) calling the action.
The Sun Devil Sports Network will carry all 13 of ASU's football games this season live on its 14-station network including flagship stations KTAR 620 AM and ESPN Radio 860 AM. Tim Healey (play-by-play), Jeff Van Raaphorst (color analyst), Vince Marotta (pre- and postgame) and Dave Burns (sidelines) will bring the action to Sun Devil fans. The game can also be heard on ASU's official web site at www. TheSunDevils.com.
Tough Road AheadStarting last weekend at No. 8/9 Washington State, Arizona State plays three of its last four games on the road. Including ASU's Oct. 19 win at No. 6 Oregon, the team plays four of its last six on the road with three games against teams ranked in the national top 15. This week, ASU plays host to California and wraps up the regular season with back-to-back road trips to No. 10/9 USC on Nov. 16 and intrastate rival Arizona on Nov. 29.
Last Time OutSophomore quarterback Andrew Walter completed 31 of 51 passes for 328 yards and two touchdowns, but No. 8/9 Washington State took over sole possession of first place in the Pac-10 with a 44-22 win over No. 16/17 Arizona State last week.
WSU quarterback Jason Gesser was 18-of-32 for 250 yards and was intercepted twice. Jermaine Green scored on runs of 13 and 10 yards, and Jerome Riley caught two TD passes for the Cougars.
ASU defensive end Terrell Suggs finished with one sack and set an NCAA record in the process. He now has 18.5 sacks in the 2002 season. The old mark was 17.5 by Syracuse's Dwight Freeney.
Walter found tight end Mike Pinkard for scoring passes of 35 and 23 yards, but the Cougars stopped Arizona State twice on downs inside the 3-yard line.
The Cougars scored on their first possession, a 31-yard TD pass from Gesser to Riley, who also hauled in a 39-yard scoring pass from Gesser. Washington State built a 17-0 lead in the first quarter after Drew Dunning hit a 31-yard field goal set up by an ASU fumble. Gesser also threw a 1-yard TD pass to Troy Bienemann.
Senior placekicker Mike Barth hit field goals of 36 and 22 yards for the Sun Devils, who also got a safety when Gesser recovered his own fumble in the end zone after punter Tim Parker pinned the Cougars on their own 1.
Dunning also hit a 47-yard field goal at the end of the first half to put the Cougars up 27-6. The Cougars capitalized on Sun Devils turnovers, scoring 17 points off two fumbles and two interceptions.
Suggs Sets NCAA Sack Record... Up Next, Pac-10 & ASU RecordsWith his sack of Washington State's Jason Gesser last week, junior defensive end Terrell Suggs set the NCAA single-season mark with 18.5 sacks, a mark previously held by Syracuse's Dwight Freeney who had 17.5 sacks in 2001. A semifinalist for the Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year and Rotary Lombardi Awards this season, Suggs needs just a half sack to tie the school single-season and Pac-10 Conference marks of 19, currently held by ASU's Al Harris (1978), Arizona's Tedy Bruschi (1993) and USC's Tim Ryan (1989). The NCAA did not record sacks as an official statistic until 2000, while the Pac-10's defensive stats date back to 1984. Suggs has also moved into sole possession of second on the ASU career list with 38.5 sacks in his three years in Tempe.
Suggs continues to lead the nation and the Pac-10 with 18.5 sacks this year. He has tallied at least four sacks in two games this year, including a career-best 4.5 sacks Oct. 19 vs. Washington and four sacks Oct. 5 vs. North Carolina. His 4.5 sacks vs. the Huskies are the most for a Sun Devil since Derrick Rodgers had 4.5 in ASU's Rose Bowl-clinching win over California on Nov. 9, 1996.
With his sack at Washington State last week, Suggs also set the school single-season and career marks for tackles for loss. He has 25.0 tackles for loss this season, surpassing the 24.0 that Derrick Rodgers (1996) and Al Harris (1977) each had, and 59.0 tackles for loss in his career, which overtakes the 58 that Bob Kohrs tallied in his four years (1976-79). Suggs needs just three more TFLs to tie the Pac-10 single-season mark of 28 currently held by Stanford's Ron George (1990).
The team leader in each category in each of the last two seasons, Suggs had two TFLs and a sack at Nebraska in ASU's season opener and three sacks in each of ASU's next two games (Eastern Washington, UCF). Despite having a quiet game by his standards vs. No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 19 with just three tackles, including one for a loss, Suggs' tackle on the Ducks' last play turned out to be one of his biggest of the year. Suggs hit UO quarterback Jason Fife on the pass play that resulted in junior Brett Hudson's interception to secure the ASU victory.
Last year, the third-team Football News All-American and first-team All-Pac-10 selection led the Pac-10 in solo sacks and tied for first with four forced fumbles. He also finished second in total sacks (10-57) and tackles for loss (18-79) in 2001.
ASU Single-Season Sacks1. 19 Al Harris, 19782. 18.5 Terrell Suggs, 20023. 14 Bob Kohrs, 19784. 12 Derrick Rodgers, 1996 12 Vernon Maxwell, 19826. 11 Shante Carver, 1991
ASU Career Sacks1. 41 Shante Carver, 1990-932. 38.5 Terrell Suggs, 2000-present3. 28 Vernon Maxwell, 1979-824. 26 Scott Stephen, 1983-865. 22 Bob Kohrs, 1978-796. 20 Jim Jeffcoat, 1979-82
ASU Single-Season Tackles for Loss1. 25 Terrell Suggs, 20022. 24 Derrick Rodgers, 1996 24 Al Harris, 19774. 23 Jeremy Staat, 19975. 22 Brett Wallerstedt, 1992 22 Bob Kohrs, 1979 22 Al Harris, 19788. 21 Adam Archuleta, 1999
ASU Career Tackles for Loss1. 59 Terrell Suggs, 2000-present2. 58 Bob Kohrs, 1976-793. 57 Shante Carver, 1990-93 57 Al Harris, 1975-785. 56 Vernon Maxwell, 1979-826. 53 Adam Archuleta, 1997-007. 46 Scott Stephen, 1983-86
Suggs' Game-by-Game in 2002Opponent Tackles (Solo) TFL Sacksat Nebraska 4 (2) 1.0-1 1-1Eastern Washington 5 (3) 2.0-20 3-20Central Florida 7 (6) 4.5-24 3-14at San Diego State 4 (3) 3.0-13 1-5Stanford* 3 (1) 0-0 0-0North Carolina* 7 (5) 4.5-32 4-31Oregon State 3 (2) 1.5-8 1-7at Oregon 3 (1) 1.0-2 0-0Washington 12 (5) 6.5-44 4.5-36at Washington State* 4 (2) 1.0-8 1.0-8Totals 52 (30) 25.0-152 18.5-122
* Suggs also had an interception vs. Stanford, two forced fumbles vs. North Carolina and two forced fumbles at Washington State.
Suggs Racks Up the HonorsJunior defensive end Terrell Suggs has continued to rack up the conference and national honors this season. Already one of 10 semifinalists for the inaugural Ted Hendricks Defensive End of the Year Award, Suggs was also selected as one of 12 semifinalists for the 2002 Rotary Lombardi Award last week. The Lombardi Award is annually presented to the top lineman in the country with eligibility limited to down linemen and defenders who line up within five yards of the football. Suggs is joined on the list by fellow defensive ends Jerome McDougle (Miami, Fla.) and Cory Redding (Texas), defensive tackles William Joseph (Miami, Fla.), Tommie Harris (Oklahoma) and Jimmy Kennedy (Penn State), offensive tackle Jon Stinchcomb (Georgia), centers Brett Romberg (Miami, Fla.) and Jeff Faine (Notre Dame) and linebackers Boss Bailey (Georgia), E.J. Henderson (Maryland) and Bradie James (LSU).
The 12 semifinalists were selected in a vote of over 400 members of the Rotary Lombardi Selection Committee, which includes all Division I head football coaches, selected sports writers and broadcasters from around the country and the past winners of the award. Voting to determine the four finalists for the award begin Nov. 3 and continue through Nov. 11.
Suggs is also listed among the 64 players on the preseason watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, awarded annually to the nation's top collegiate defensive player. The winner is selected by the 800-member Football Writers Association of America and will be presented on Dec. 9 in Charlotte, N.C.
He earned several honors for his 12-tackle, 6.5 tackle-for-loss performance (4.5 sacks) in ASU's 27-16 win over Washington on Oct. 26. Suggs was named the Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week as well as the Bronko Nagurski National Defensive Player of the Week, an award which is given weekly by the Football Writers Association of America, following his performance vs. the Huskies.
Hill Sets ASU Single-Game Kickoff Return RecordsWith nine kickoff returns for 162 yards last week at Washington State, redshirt freshman Hakim Hill set Arizona State single-game records in both categories. Hill's effort passed the previous marks of seven kickoff returns and 159 yards, both set by Kevin Galbreath vs. Houston in 1990. Hill ranks fifth in the Pac-10 in kickoff returns this year (22.2 yards per return), and with 30 kickoff returns for 666 yards on the season, he has moved into second on the ASU single-season lists for returns and return yardage. Hill needs just two more kickoff returns and 47 more yards to tie the single-season marks of 32 returns and 713 yards, both set by Chris Hopkins in 1995. Hill was named the Pac-10 Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 9 to become the Sun Devils' first special teams 'returner' to be named POW since Terry Battle on Nov. 2, 1996. He had 157 kickoff return yards (five attempts) vs. Central Florida on Sept. 7, which now ranks third on the ASU single-game charts.
Sacking the QuarterbackArizona State's defense continues to lead the Pac-10 in sacks with 43.0 for a loss of 307 yards. The team had just 28 sacks all of last season, while ASU has also tallied 100 tackles for loss (464 yards) so far this year, including a season-high 17.0 for a loss of 89 yards Oct. 26 vs. Washington, compared to 82 for a loss of 304 yards all of last year. Led by junior Terrell Suggs, the nation's leader in the category, the Sun Devils have turned in 22.0 sacks in the last five games, including a season-high eight Oct. 26 vs. Washington.
Walter's WorldWith his 536-yard passing performance to upend No. 6 Oregon on Oct. 19, sophomore quarterback Andrew Walter set Pac-10 Conference and Arizona State school records for single-game passing yards, surpassing the previous mark of 534 yards by fellow Sun Devil Paul Justin vs. Washington State in 1989. In fact, Sun Devils now hold the top three single-game passing marks in Pac-10 history, including the 532-yard effort by Jeff Van Raaphorst vs. Florida State in 1984, four of the top five records and seven of the top 13 marks in league history.
The Oct. 20 Sporting News, cnnsi.com and USAToday.com Player of the Week, Walter, who ranks third in the Pac-10 and 12th in the nation in passing efficiency at 147.50, is the first player in school history to notch three 400-yard passing games in a career, let alone a season as he has done this year. Justin and Jeff Van Raaphorst were the only other Sun Devils to have more than one 400-yard game in their careers, each notching two. Earlier this year, he also became the first player in school history to throw for 400 yards in back-to-back games. Walter completed 22 of 37 passes for 414 yards and five touchdowns Sept. 28 vs. Stanford and followed that up with a 27-for-45 effort for 474 yards Oct. 5 vs. North Carolina (fourth on the ASU single-season charts and T9th in Pac-10 history). His 888 yards in two games mark the most passing yards for a Sun Devil quarterback in back-to-back contests, surpassing the previous school mark of 873 yards by Paul Justin in 1989 (534 yards vs. Washington State, 339 vs. Washington).
He has already shattered two of ASU's total offense records, gaining the most yards in school history in consecutive games with 901 yards (422 vs. Stanford and 479 vs. UNC) and the most in four consecutive games with 1,594 yards of total offense (422 vs. Stanford, 479 vs. UNC, 185 vs. OSU and 508 at Oregon). Walter has also set school records for passing yards per attempt for 41-50 attempts at 10.5 yards vs. North Carolina and 51+ attempts at 10.11 at Oregon.
On the season, Walter, who did not earn a starting role until the fifth game of the season vs. Stanford, has completed 168 of 292 attempts for 2,515 yards (fifth in the Pac-10 at 251.5 yards per game) and 21 touchdowns with nine interceptions. With two TD passes Nov. 2 at Washington State, he broke into the top five on ASU's single-season touchdown passes list with 21 and needs just eight more to tie the school record of 29 touchdown passes set by Mike Pagel in 1981. With three regular-season games left this year, Walter already ranks fourth on the ASU single-season chart with 2,515 passing yards this year and is just 363 yards away from ASU's single-season record of 2,878 yards thrown by Danny White (1973). Walter also has a shot at reaching ASU's single-season marks for both attempts and completions, currently held by Jake Plummer with 348 attempts in 1996 and Todd Hons with 199 completions in 1983.
Walter's five touchdown passes vs. Stanford on Sept. 28 tied for third-best in school history with Jeff Krohn who also threw five TD passes in a loss to Oregon in 2000. In his last seven games, Walter has completed 154 of 267 attempts (.577) for 2,363 yards and 18 touchdowns, while in six games as a starter (4-2 record), he has completed 143 of 247 passes for 2,122 yards (353.7 yards per game) and 14 touchdowns.
ASU Single-Game Touchdown Passes1. 7 Mike Pagel, vs. Stanford, 19812. 6 Danny White, vs. New Mexico, 19713. 5 Andrew Walter, vs. Stanford, 2002 5 Jeff Krohn, vs. Oregon, 20005. 4 21 times (twice by Andrew Walter in 2002: at San Diego State and at Oregon)
ASU Single-Game Passing Yards1. 536 Andrew Walter at Oregon, 2002**2. 534 Paul Justin vs. Washington State, 19893. 532 Jeff Van Raaphorst vs. Florida State, 19844. 511 Ryan Kealy vs. Arizona, 19985. 474 Andrew Walter vs. North Carolina, 2002 474 Paul Justin vs. Houston, 19907. 466 Mike Pagel vs. Stanford, 19818. 437 Jeff Van Raaphorst vs. Arizona, 1986** also the Pac-10 single-game record
ASU Single-Season Touchdown Passes1. 29 Mike Pagel, 19812. 24 Jake Plummer, 1996 24 Danny White, 19734. 23 Danny White, 19725. 21 Andrew Walter, 20026. 20 John Torok, 19647. 19 Three players tied
ASU Single-Season Passing Yards1. 2,878 Danny White, 19732. 2,776 Jake Plummer, 19963. 2,591 Paul Justin, 19894. 2,515 Andrew Walter, 20025. 2,484 Mike Pagel, 19816. 2,394 Todd Hons, 1983
Racking up the Receiving TDsWith seven catches for 78 yards last week at Washington State, junior wide receiver Shaun McDonald set the school single-season record for single-season catches with 65, surpassing the previous mark of 64 by Ron Fair in 1989.
A Biletnikoff Award semifinalist, McDonald continues to threaten every single-season and career receiving mark in ASU history in just two and a half seasons of action. He is the first player in school history to notch two 200-yard receiving games in a career, let alone a season, with his other 200-yard game coming this year with 10 catches for 221 yards vs. Stanford Sept. 28.
McDonald, the sixth Sun Devil in school history to reach 2,000 receiving yards, has moved into fourth place on the ASU career charts with 2,531 receiving yards. McDonald needs just 462 more yards to reach College Football Hall of Fame inductee John Jefferson's career mark of 2,993. McDonald, who reached the 2,000-yard plateau with his first catch of the game vs. North Carolina (13 yards) on Oct. 5, has topped the century mark in receiving yards in four of the last seven games. Last year, he accomplished that feat in four straight games and turned in a total of five 100-yard receiving games, which matched the five that Keith Poole had in 1996 and was just one shy of the six that Ron Fair had in 1989
With 10 catches for 221 yards Sept. 28 vs. Stanford, McDonald turned in the third-best receiving performance in ASU history, trailing just the 227 yards by Ron Fair in 1989 (19 catches) and the 232 yards by Eric Guliford (12 catches) in 1990. McDonald also set the school record for yards per catch for 10 receptions with a 22.1 yards-per-catch mark vs. the Cardinal, a record previously held by Aaron Cox (191 yards vs. Arizona in 1986).
McDonald has caught a school-record 65 passes for 1,069 yards and 10 TDs this season and currently ranks second in the Pac-10 and 13th in the nation with 6.50 receptions per game and second in the Pac-10 and ninth in the nation with 106.9 receiving yards per game. He has already matched his TD production of one year ago and is currently ranked in fifth on ASU's list for single-season TD catches with 10. Through 10 games (with three to go), McDonald needs just 75 yards to tie the ASU single-season receiving yards mark of 1,144 set by Morris Owens in 1973, a record McDonald missed last year by just 40 yards. He has also become just the first player in school history to tally 1,000 career receiving yards in back-to-back seasons.
With his four TD catches at San Diego State on Sept. 14, McDonald tied the school single-game record he holds along with John Allen. McDonald also caught four TD passes in 2001 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette, and Allen did it in 1953 vs. San Jose State. McDonald has caught 21 touchdown passes in his ASU career, just four shy of the school record of 25 set by Keith Poole (1993-96) and Doug Allen (1981-84).
McDonald opened the 2002 season with a solid performance, catching seven passes for 73 yards at Nebraska. The speedy junior turned in a then season-high eight catches for 175 yards at San Diego State on Sept. 14, since bested by his career-high 10 receptions for 221 yards vs. Stanford. McDonald has caught at least one pass in each of the last 25 games, dating back to the 2000 season.
A 2001 first-team All-Pac-10 selection, McDonald finished second on the ASU single-season charts with 1,104 receiving yards last year, just 40 yards shy of the single-season mark of 1,144 yards set by Morris Owens in 1973. He led the Pac-10 and finished 10th in the nation with an average of 100.4 yards per game. He also shattered ASU season marks for receiving yards per game (100.4 ypg) and receiving yards per catch (23.5 ypc), records previously held by Ron Fair (98.3 yards per game in 1989) and Morris Owens (22.0 yards per catch in 1973), respectively. McDonald also caught 10 touchdown passes in 2001, which ranked fifth on the ASU single-season list for TD catches.
ASU Career Receiving Yards1. 2,993 John Jefferson, 1974-772. 2,694 Aaron Cox, 1984-873. 2,691 Keith Poole, 1993-964. 2,531 Shaun McDonald, 2000-present5. 2,408 Eric Guliford, 1989-926. 2,149 John Mistler, 1977-80
ASU Career Touchdown Catches1. 25 Keith Poole (1993-96) 25 Doug Allen (1981-84)3. 22 Steve Holden (1970-72)4. 21 Shaun McDonald (2000-present) 21 J.D. Hill (1967-68, 1970) 21 John Mistler (1977-80)7. 20 John Jefferson (1974-77)8. 17 Morris Owens (1972-74)9. 16 Aaron Cox (1984-87)10. 15 Lenzie Jackson (1995-98)
ASU Single-Season Receiving Yards (Catches)1. 1,144 Morris Owens (52), 19732. 1,104 Shaun McDonald (47), 20013. 1,082 Ron Fair (64), 19894. 1,069 Shaun McDonald (55), 20025. 1,036 Keith Poole (55), 19956. 1,009 J.D. Hill (61), 19707. 974 Greg Hudson (62), 1973
Single-Season Catches (Yards)1. 65 Shaun McDonald (991), 20022. 64 Ron Fair (1082), 19893. 62 Greg Hudson (974), 19734. 61 J.D. Hill (1009), 19705. 58 John Jefferson (968), 19776. 55 Four players tied
Good StartArizona State opened with a 4-0 start in Pac-10 play this season (4-1 after last week's loss at No. 8/9 Washington State), marking just the third time in school history that the Sun Devils had achieved that feat since joining the league in 1978. ASU's first 4-0 Pac-10 start came in 1982 (5-0 before losing to Washington 17-13 on Nov. 13). ASU played in the Fiesta Bowl that year. The other 4-0 start came in 1996 when ASU went undefeated in Pac-10 competition (8-0) and earned an appearance in the Rose Bowl. ASU finished 11-1 that season.
Turnover TaleAfter forcing just one turnover in their first two games, the Sun Devils have forced 29 in the last eight games, including a season-high seven Sept. 28 vs. Stanford (four interceptions, three fumbles) and four Oct. 12 vs. Oregon State (three interceptions, one fumble). Arizona State ranks sixth in the Pac-10 in turnover margin (0.60). Already this season, ASU has forced 30 total turnovers (18 interceptions, 12 fumbles), surpassing the 18 turnovers the team caused all of last year.
Interception ConnectionWith 18 interceptions on the year including two last week at Washington State and a game-saving pick by junior Brett Hudson Oct. 19 at sixth-ranked Oregon, ASU has already doubled its total of nine from all of last year. Twelve players have combined for ASU's Pac-10 leading 18 interceptions this year with sophomore free safety Jason Shivers getting his first pick of the season last week at Washington State.